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College of Media receives largest planned gift in history

planned givingThe West Virginia University Reed College of Media is in an optimistic “State of Mind” after receiving its largest planned gift ever.

A journalism alumna who wishes to remain anonymous has pledged $700,000 to the College through a planned estate gift. The bequest is part of “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.”

At the time the money becomes available, it will be used to support major journalism initiatives that provide students with both foundational skills in writing, reporting and research and new skills in emerging journalistic practice.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity of our donor whose gift will have a transformative impact on the College,” said Dean Maryanne Reed. “Private giving is essential to support the good work of our students and faculty and the continued growth and success of our academic programs. “We still have a year to go in the campaign, and we hope to end 2017 on a high note.”

The College of Media’s fundraising efforts are part of a comprehensive campaign to raise money for WVU and its regional campuses. “A State of Minds” was launched by the WVU Foundation in 2012 and runs through the end of this year.

Proceeds raised during the campaign will be used for a variety of funding priorities including scholarships and enhancement funds, faculty research support, student projects and capital improvements.
What type of legacy will you leave? Planned gifts are one of the best ways to support WVU and benefit yourself and your loved ones at the same time. With thoughtful planning you can:

• Make a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime
• Give stock and realize larger tax savings
• Get quarterly income for life in return for you gift
• Donate your house, continue to live there, and get a tax break at the same time

It’s never too early to get started, check out the WVU Foundation’s interactive Legacy Planner for ideas. You can also connect with the College of Media directly by contacting Director of Development Tiffany Samuels at or 304.293.6775.